Creative Tension and the Abyss of Différance within the Divine Life
This chapter attempts to render diversity in such a way that avoids transcending and encompassing difference and multiplicity in a concept of a final unifying coherence. It focuses on the implications of applying such a nontranscending rendering of diversity to the very essence of the divine life. It suggests that Paul Tillich's philosophical theology exemplifies a Christian attempt to acknowledge conflicting tension within the divine, but one that is ultimately qualified by a more fundamental commitment to harmony. Its draws upon the resources of medieval scholasticism, a sixteenth-century Lutheran mystic, and more recently, Friedrich Schelling and the postmodern philosophy of John Caputo to push beyond Tillich toward the limits of an unflinching acknowledgment of the “demonic” within the life of God that can simultaneously affirm a trustworthiness in the Christ symbol that is not eclipsed by the risks of a destructive divine nature.
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